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a single hundred thousand for them, when they were in much better repair.
We hear to-day that the King goes to the army on the 15th, N.S., that is, to-day; but I don't tell it you for certain. There has been much said against his commanding it, as it is only an army of succour, and not acting as principal in the cause. In my opinion, his commanding will depend upon the more or less probability of its acting at all. Adieu!
120.   To HOEACE MANN.
Honghton, June 10, 1743.
You must not expect me to write you a very composed, careless letter; my spirits are all in agitation ! I am at the eve of a post that may bring me the most dreadful news! we expect to-morrow the news of a decisive battle. Oh, if you have any friend there, think what apprehensions I must have of such a post1! By yesterday's letters our army was within eight miles of the French, who have had repeated orders to attack them. Lord Stair and Marshal Noailles both think themselves superior, and have pressed for leave to fight. The latter call themselves fourscore thousand; ours sixty. Mr. Pelham and Lord Lincoln come to Houghton to-day, so we are sure of hearing as soon as possible, if anything has happened. By this time the King must be with them. My fears for one or two friends have spoiled me for any English hopes—I cannot dwindle away the French army—every man in it appears to my imagination as big as the sons of Anak! I am conjuring up the ghosts of all who have perished by French ambition, and am dealing out commissions to these spectres,
'-----To sit heavy on their souls to-morrow!'
LETTER  120.—I  Henry  Conway, who was in the First Foot Guards
(1741), was with the army in Germany.